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Trees (Native British)

14 15 Introduced in Roman times from Mediterranean lands this much loved tree can now almost be treated as native often a large tree attaining 100 with a large trunk with grey bark deeply furrowed and most often spiralled. After a long dry summer large trees can crop many delicious chestnuts for roasting. Extensively coppiced, the durable smallwood has found a variety of uses from paling, fencing and walking sticks to hoppoles. Large trees yield superb if bland timber as good as Oak in all but looks. Being subject to both ringshake and inkspot disease, and being intolerant of lime, the tree is less common in the west and grows smaller in the north of Britain. A poor firewood that spits, it none the less makes good charcoal that kindles well. CHESTNUT Castanea sativa
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